Surgical Services in Granville County

Our Surgical Services

Outpatient Services

The Outpatient Services (OPS) unit is designed to save you the expense and inconvenience of an overnight hospital stay while providing you with personalized care—making your stay with us as pleasant and convenient as possible. The OPS area is located in a modern well-equipped facility. We provide a wide range of surgical and medical services including: ear, nose and throat; family medicine; general surgery; colonoscopy; endoscopy; gerontology; gynecology; imaging; obstetrics; ophthalmology; orthopedics; pediatrics; vascular, thoracic and urology. The hospital’s complete backup system is available to all OPS patients. In the event of an emergency, trained medical professionals and special equipment are available to assist in your care. We realize that many medical procedures can create anxiety. Below we address the most frequently asked questions about outpatient procedures. If you have additional questions or concerns, please feel free to call us at 919-690-2144 from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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For Endoscopic Patients

Endoscopy is a special procedure for looking inside the esophagus, stomach or colon with a lighted tube. If you are preparing for this procedure, please follow the same guidelines as for surgical patients. In addition, if you’re scheduled for colonoscopy, follow your doctor’s recommended diet and special instructions so your bowel will be clean enough for viewing.

Arrival and Registration

When you come in the front door of the hospital, tell the receptionist behind the counter why you are here. They will direct you to the registration area. For your own safety, you will not be permitted to drive yourself home. Please bring someone with you to drive you home after your procedure. They may wait for you in the OPS waiting area. If a child is having surgery, two adults are required, one to drive the car and one to care for the child. For waiting family members, the lobby has coffee available, and the cafeteria is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. If your family needs to leave the facility during your procedure, our outpatient department can provide them with a pager to allow us to notify them when you are in recovery.

Your Procedure

Your OPS procedure can last from one to six hours. After the procedure, you will return to the OPS recovery area. You may feel a bit groggy, lightheaded, dizzy, sore or slightly nauseated, depending on the length of time for your procedure, your pain threshold, and what type of anesthesia you were given. Each person responds differently. You will continue to receive nursing care until you are discharged to go home.

Going Home

Your doctor will provide post-procedure instructions regarding diet, rest and medications. We will provide you with a written summary of these instructions. Your doctor will determine when you are able to go home. You should expect that you may be a little unsteady even though you feel fine, so a responsible person must be available to drive you home after you are discharged and stay with you for 24 hours. Occasionally patients will be admitted to the hospital instead of going home.

When to Call Your Doctor

If you have any unexpected problems, please call your doctor. A doctor or nurse from OPS may contact you within a few days after your procedure to check your progress and answer any questions you may have.

If You Wish To Contact Us

The telephone number for the Outpatient Services Unit is: 919.690.2144, the Fax number is: 919.690.3429, and it is open from 6:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday thru Friday. We will be happy to answer any questions you have.